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The OIP is  aware of the fact that we are not the only department on campus that interacts with international students, scholars, and faculty.  As  numbers of international students, faculty, and staff grow the entire campus community is greatly enriched by cultural diversity, varying world views, and global insights.  Our domestic students gain a greater perspective of the world when they are able to take classes with students and professors who have experiences and backgrounds that are vastly different than their own.  Likewise, education is enhanced by non-classroom interactions between people of different backgrounds.  However, we are cognizant of the fact that this increasing diversity also brings unique challenges to academic departments as international students and scholars are integrated into a system that has previously been largely homogenous.  This web site will address   areas of interest for departments in regards to teaching, hiring, and hosting non-US citizens.